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Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America (Religion in American Life) [Paperback]

By James T. Fisher (Author)
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Pages   179
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195154967  
EAN  9780195154962  


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Catholicism has grown from a suppressed and persecuted outsiders' religion in the American colonies to become the nation's single largest denomination. James Fisher surveys more than four centuries of Catholics' involvement in American history, starting his narrative with one of the first Spanish expeditions to Florida, in 1528. He follows the transformation of Catholicism into one of America's most culturally and ethnically diverse religions, including the English Catholics' early settlement in Maryland, the Spanish missions to the Native Americans, the Irish and German poor who came in search of work and farmland, the proliferation of Polish and Italian communities, and the growing influx of Catholics from Latin America. The book discusses Catholic involvement in politics and conflict, from New York's Tammany Hall to the Vietnam War and abortion. Fisher highlights the critical role of women in American Catholicism--from St. Elizabeth Seton and Dorothy Day to Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint--and describes the influence of prominent American Catholics such as Cardinal John J. O'Connor, 1930s radio personality Father Charles Coughlin, President John F. Kennedy, pacifists Daniel and Philip Berrigan, activist Cesar Chavez, and author Flannery O'Connor.



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James T. Fisher is the Danforth Chair in Humanities and Professor in Theological Studies and History at Saint Louis University. His previous books include The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962 and Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961.


James Terence Fisher has published or released items in the following series...
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Or more aptly, a Brief History of Some Catholics in America  Sep 23, 2003
My interest in reading this book was to get a better understanding of the Roman Catholic ethos in America. Fisher does a decent job of giving the broad outline of Catholic beginnings in the United States. He alternates throughout the first three chapters by giving equal time to the early French, Spanish, and Irish experience. He then shifts to focus on the more established immigrant church and the then seemingly tension of being Catholic and American. Fisher then moves into contemporary times and highlights the lives of several Catholic social players including Dorothy Day, Ceasar Chavez, and several other various social reform movements.

The book was decent insofar that is a brief survey of the experience and social conscience of some segments of Catholicism in America. I think Fisher's historical brush could have been more inclusive to the conservative elements of Catholic social life.
 

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